Elrond Validator: A Battle of Nodes Story

My story starts way back when blockchain was relatively young and Bitcoin just switched from GPU mining to ASIC miners. I was discovering a strange and different world, but then the monster called gaming took me away and I somehow managed to forget and skip all these interesting developments with blockchain and cryptocurrency until the autumn of 2017.

Joining the Resistance

It was a lawless time. Ponzi and ICO campaigns were competing for your attention, dollars and BITCOIN.

Since I always had quite a decent gaming rig some of my friends who already had mining rigs offered for me to start mining cryptocurrency. And I was hooked. I mined 20 types different of coins, staked POS coins, ran masternodes! Got 10 different exchange accounts. I started participating in Airdrops, Bounties. Created my first animated video for Binance. Wrote articles, learned about writing Daps and smart contracts. I was all over the place!

The hustle

But it was a constant hustle day and night. Reading all the news, reading whitepapers, fighting for bounties and starting how all this comes together.

Elrond

Sadly my ticket was a dud. I was disappointed, but I liked something about a team and the project so I stuck around. The turning point for me was the community platform and a fellow named Alwin. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and devotion really sold me that Elrond is a legit project. He constantly encouraged me to run a node. So I was running it on/off for quite some time for different flash campaigns.

Elrond Node

The excellent Elrond node window

Since I was running my mining rig on windows, so also my node was also on Windows. For a while the was no script to update your node on Windows. So I had just to reinstall the node, it’s not dab at the Elrond team, actually, everything in crypto space is built on Linux. So if you are running things on Windows you are one step behind. But since then this was solved and you can run your node on a system you want.

Communication and updates

Another thing I love is version control. It is really easy to follow and update your nodes to the correct version and to confirm everything on the explorer. Even this is still the Testnet version it works reliably and you always get up to date information.

Scripts

Battle of Nodes

Participating, upgrading nodes and performing missions is as close to the real-life game as I have came upon!

This experience taught me new skills, allowed me to help fellow validators to solve problems. I got a chance to invite a friend and teach him how to run validator nodes. And the community is always there, actively participating and always innovating! The involvement and close participation from the Elrond team helps you feel as not just important, but you feel like you are a part of the Elrond family!

I started by running a single validator node. But I soon realized that it’s a mistake. Since that is battle and you have to put everything you have to win! So on the third round went all out and registered an extra five nodes. Reaching the maximum allowed six nodes!

Upgrades

Becoming a participant in BoN event upgraded me just from a simple community member to the Elrond Node Validator. And I know definitely will be one of the cool dudes running an Elrond Node in the mainnet! Not only because I see a lot of potential in the technology, but because I truly believe the Elrond team can upgrade the world and make it a bit place for everyone!

Elrond